Experience the best of eclectic Barcelona and València on this 9-day itinerary, featuring tapas, beaches, and guided city tours. Start in Barcelona where you'll explore Gaudí's whimsical architecture with La Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, and Casa Milà, before heading to the mountains to discover the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey. You'll then ride the high-speed EuroMed to València, the home of paella, to immerse yourself amid medieval buildings, future-forward structures, and golden-sand beaches.

Highlights

  • Experience the awe-inspiring La Sagrada Familia with a local expert
  • Sample tapas all over Barcelona, as well as treats in the city's most significant market 
  • Look over Catalonia from a 1000-year-old monastery in the Montserrat mountains
  • València's Central Market, Squares and Cathedral.
  • The City of the Arts and Sciences.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Barcelona Barcelona
Day 2 Half-day city tour & La Sagrada Familia Barcelona
Day 3 Antoni Gaudí architecture tour & market visit Barcelona
Day 4 Day trip to Santa Maria de Montserrat - Wine tasting Barcelona
Day 5 Train to València - Private tapas tour València
Day 6 City tour of València València
Days 7-8 Explore València & the City of the Arts & Sciences València
Day 9 Return to Barcelona - Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Barcelona

Tibidabo Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and theme park
View over Tibidabo Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and sprawling Barcelona

¡Bienvenidos to Barcelona! Upon your arrival in Barcelona, you'll be greeted by your driver before transferring to your hotel in the heart of the city. Settle in before heading out to explore the neighborhood. 

Day 2: Half-day city tour & La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Discover the unique Sagrada Familia church, under construction since 1882

Meet your guide this morning for a half-day walking tour of Barcelona and its most popular attractions, including the iconic, La Sagrada Familia church. You will visit some of the city's most emblematic spots and hidden corners, as well as learn all about Gaudí and his jaw-dropping masterpiece which are under construction to this day. Enjoy lunch at a recommended tapas bar or restaurant before taking the rest of the afternoon to explore at your leisure.

Day 3: Antoni Gaudí architecture tour & market visit

Parc Guell, Barcelona, Spain
Admire views over Barcelona from Parc Güell

Your guide will collect you from your hotel and together you'll embark on a tour of Antoni Gaudí's masterpieces. Begin in Parc Güell, taking in performances by the local buskers who further add to the park's whimsical nature (expert tip, come here again in the late afternoon to catch the sunset over the city). From here, you’ll make your way to the early 20th-century Dr. Seuss-esque Casa Milà, one of Gaudí's most exemplary works of civil architecture. Next, you'll visit a couple of Barcelona's most lively markets for a colorful experience as well as to taste the goods on offer.

Day 4: Day trip to Santa Maria de Montserrat - Wine tasting

Stunning views of the surroundings to the Monastery of Monserrat
Enjoy panoramic vistas over Catalonia from the 1000-year-old monastery

Meet your guide this morning and set off to discover the impressive Santa Maria de Montserrat, an abbey with commanding views over the Catalan lowlands. From there, you'll have the opportunity to listen to Montserrat's Boys' Choir, Escolania, one of Europe's oldest, before visiting the Moreneta de Montserrat and the Santa Cova shrine and chapel that houses the black Madonna. 

Leaving the mountains behind, you'll enjoy typical Catalan lunch in a traditional restaurant followed by a guided visit and tour of one of the premier boutique wineries of the region. There will be a chance to taste some of their wines and cavas before returning to Barcelona.

Day 5: Train to València - Private tapas tour

Spain - Valencia - St. Mary's Square
Taste savory tapas in Saint Mary's Square

After breakfast, you'll meet your driver at your hotel to transfer to the Barcelona Sants Station to board the high-speed EuroMed train to València. In under three hours, you'll travel in style on one of Europe's most comfortable and efficient trains. Admire the views along the coast as you enjoy refreshments from the bar on board. Upon your arrival to the port city of València, you'll transfer to your boutique hotel in the historic core. After settling in, it's time to head out to explore this dynamic modern city.

In the evening you'll join your guide for a culinary tour through the historic old city, visiting both traditional and modern tapas bars. Feel like a local as you partake in good conversation over authentic eats and full-bodied Spanish wine, all while you learn about Spanish time-honored customs and traditions.

Day 6: Half day city tour

Town Hall Square, Valencia, Spain
Admire the eclectic mix of architecture in Town Hall Square

Begin the day with a tour of València's most notable landmarks and discover how each era has left its mark on the city. Your guide will collect you from your hotel and take you to such noteworthy gems like Saint Mary's Cathedral, the Central Market and City Hall before dropping you off at a recommended tapas bar for lunch. Take the remainder of the afternoon to continue exploring the city at your own pace.

Days 7-8: Explore València & the City of the Arts & Sciences

The magical City of Arts and Science!
Be entertained at the magical City of Arts and Science

The next two days are yours to spend as you like. Stroll along the two-mile, palm tree-lined Passeig Marítim to check out the beaches on the north side of the port, like Las Arenas Beach, Cabanyal, and Malvarrosa. Alternatively, discover the famous City of Arts and Sciences—one of the 12 treasures of Spain. After a day at the beach enjoy drinks and tapas at a beachside restaurant and spend the next day on a mini-excursion to the Utiel-Requena wine region and surrounding villages, the fortified towns of Albarracín and Teruel, or take a private boat trip through the Albufera Natural Park.

Day 9: Return to Barcelona - Depart

Puente del Mar, Valencia, Spain
Cross the 16th-century Puente del Mar bridge and enjoy the view over the Turia River Garden

After making sure you have all your souvenirs and gifts, meet your driver at your hotel and transfer to the train station to make the return trip to Barcelona. From here, you'll then carry on to the airport for your onward journey.

Map

Map of Best of Barcelona & Valencia - 9 days
Map of Best of Barcelona & Valencia - 9 days